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CEREC Crowns vs. Traditional Crowns

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Have you heard of CEREC® Same-Day Crowns? If you need a dental crown, we utilize advanced technology called a CEREC machine to restore your smile in just one visit. But what exactly is a CEREC crown and how does it differ from a traditional crown?

Traditional Crowns

What Is a Traditional Crown?

A traditional crown, also known as a cap, is a tooth-shaped cover that is placed over a decayed or damaged tooth. Crowns are often needed because the tooth is so badly damaged that a filling won’t fix the tooth. Crowns are also used for cosmetic reasons if a tooth is misshapen or discolored. Traditional crowns are often made in an off-site laboratory so it can take some time before a patient is given their permanent crown. Traditional crowns are made of different types of materials including metals, zirconia, porcelain, or some combination of these.

How Is a Traditional Crown Made & Placed?

The process of placing a traditional crown often requires multiple visits to a dentist’s office. First, your dentist will file down the tooth to make sure that the crown can fit on top of your damaged tooth. Once the tooth is filed down, your dentist will need to make an impression of the tooth by using a rubber-like material that takes about five minutes to set. Next, these impressions will be sent to a dental lab to create the permanent crown. In the meantime, your dentist will fit you with a plastic temporary crown. When the permanent crown is ready, you’ll need to go back into your dentist’s office so they can remove the temporary crown and place the permanent one.

CEREC Crowns

What Is a CEREC Crown?

CEREC stands for Chairside Economic Restorations of Esthetic Ceramics. Like a traditional crown, a CEREC crown is used to fix a badly damaged, decayed, misshapen, or discolored tooth. But unlike the traditional crown process, the revolutionary CEREC technology allows us to design and create a crown for our patients on our computer in just one visit. CEREC allows us to mill a crown from a strong, ceramic material that looks identical to your other healthy teeth.

How Is a CEREC Crown Made & Placed?

At Romeoville Dental Center, we use CEREC technology so you can get a crown placed and be on your way in just one short visit to our office! First, we take images of the tooth that needs to be repaired. These images then go to our computer, which digitally designs the crown using the images. We’ll examine the restoration image and confirm everything looks good to go. Then, we send the images to the CEREC mill in our office and your natural-looking crown is made right there in about 20 minutes. There’s no need to worry about uncomfortable plastic temporary crowns or messy impressions. We’ll make sure the CEREC mill printed the crown correctly and then we’ll bond it to your tooth. Contact us to discuss same-day crowns in more detail or to schedule your next appointment.

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